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How to run IE only sites from Linux

Sounds stupid ? Why would you want to run IE from Linux ? Why not use Firefox or Chrome ?

But that is not always the scenario.

Reason no 1 : Web designers who use Linux need to test their site on IE . Do not forget IE still commands majority of browser market 59.95%. Can you afford to ignore IE .

Obviously not !

Reason no 2 : Organizations who have created IE only applications 7-10 years back and are now switching to Linux platform , do not want to spend time and money porting the application to new browsers.

So when confronted with this problem what can be done ?

Solution 1 :

If you have windows as your OS then you can use this fantastic plugin IE Tab for Firefox. I have tried this and our UI was pretty heavy bit worked perfectly fine with plugin. I think as of date, the developers are not supporting this plugin so you might not be able to find upgrade for latest version of Firefox.  There are other plugins similar to IE tab in firefox which you wanna try out.

Drawback : This does not work on Linux.

Solution 2:

On linux environment, you can use

a) IE View on Linux This can be achieved by installing WINE.

b) IES4Linux – It is an convenient way to install and run IE 5.0, 5.5, and IE6 (IE7 support is in progress). One difference is that IEs4Linux doesn’t do a full WINE install and configuration, it just does what’s needed to run the different IE versions

IEs4Linux will not be very effective if you have a very heavy UI with lot of controls.

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  1. June 15th, 2010 at 05:42 | #1

    This article might help me as sometimes IE is required for testing purposes.

  2. June 14th, 2010 at 06:48 | #2

    @deepak An application developed on windows or linux has the same view on IE irrespective of platform provided you have the same installation.
    The rendering is done by browser engine.

  3. June 14th, 2010 at 04:29 | #3


    Mozilla and IE on Windows have different view and Mozilla for window and linux also have different view.
    my Question is..
    View of an application (developed in JAVA) on IE for Windows and linux is different or same?

  1. June 15th, 2010 at 12:56 | #1